Have you ever eaten cooked wheat berries? If not, you should really try some. The texture is like nothing else I’ve ever eaten. The berries plump up until they are nearly bursting. Between your teeth, they are almost rubbery and then they sort of pop. It is the strangest thing. I love it. And this salad is my favorite way to eat them. Sweetened with orange juice and fruit, there is no need for any extra sweetener. Yay for that!
Big oops! here. As I was typing the recipe, I realized I forgot to put the pecans in. So the picture lacks the nuts. I’ve made it before with them, though, and it’s tasty so I’m including them here.
Adapted from here
1 1/2 cups dry wheat berries
6 cups water
1 t salt
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (but I won’t tell if you use bottled stuff…I sometimes do)
3 T raspberry vinegar (this is important…don’t substitute cider vinegar)
3 T light tasting olive oil
1/4 t salt
1/4 t freshly ground black pepper
2 gala apples, chopped
1/2 cup dried strawberries
1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans
Bring the wheat berries, water, and salt to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and simmer for about an hour or until the berries are soft. Drain the water and let the berries cool.
To make the dressing: whisk together the orange juice, vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper.
To make the salad: combine 3 cups of cooked wheat berries, the apples, strawberries, nuts, and the dressing. Let chill in the fridge for about a half hour before eating. Best eaten within an hour or two as the strawberries will get soggy.
Yield: 6 or 7 cups maybe? I forgot to measure.